Editor's Foreword

We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.

                                      Epictetus

 

 

Language also encodes our past. We want to know who we are. To know who we are, we have to know who we used to be. Consequently, our literature, written in the past, anchors us in that past.

 

                                      Andrzej Wajda

 

 

 

Welcome to Anchors: Student Research Journal of York Preparatory School.  Its mission is to showcase the finest student research and expository writing from across the curriculum.  More than just an exercise in finding a correct answer, research requires a level of creativity and precision that is too often under-appreciated outside the classroom.  With an emphasis on a structured argument supported by a lattice of evidence and presented in a succinct and descriptive prose equal to that found in creative writing, research and expository writing have a grace and beauty all their own.

The Anchors website consists of three types of student projects.  On the "Individual Student Research Projects" page, one may find research papers on a variety of topics from York Prep students enrolled in sections of modern global history and United States history.  As a capstone of their participation in the York Prep Scholars Program, senior members must complete and defend a program of original research.  The descriptions of and links to these documentary films, oral-history projects  and conference papers may be found on the "York Prep Scholars: Senior Projects" page.  The last category of projects are those undertaken by students in the junior- and senior-level historical reseach seminars , "'Out in the Storm': New Yorkers Confront Hurricane Sandy" and "Walked Past: The Hidden History of New York City."

History is a field of inquiry that challenges students to ask detailed questions and locate and evaluate evidence from the past in an effort to find answers that anchor us to the past as we venture into the future.

Enjoy!